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Power system severely constrained for this week ahead as return of generation units delayed, says Eskom

By: African News Agency      17th August 2020 Embattled State-owned power utility Eskom has warned that the power system will be severely constrained for the week ahead as the return to service of generation units has been delayed. "Eskom wishes to inform the public that the power system will be severely constrained this coming week due to... 

Report reveals minigrid benefits for Africa

By: Donna Slater     14th August 2020 Minigrid electricity developer industry association, the Africa Minigrids Developers Association (Amda), on August 13 launched its 'Benchmarking Africa’s Minigrids' report, which finds that minigrids outperform utilities in terms of affordability, with average installed costs of $733 a... 

Stage 2 load-shedding to continue, Eskom says

By: African News Agency      14th August 2020 Despite successfully returning four generation units to service, Eskom on Thursday has said this will not stave off load-shedding and has announced that it will continue to implement Stage 2 load-shedding until 10pm on Thursday and between 8am and 10pm on Friday. "This load-shedding has been... 

 Stage 2 load-shedding to continue, Eskom says

Risk of load-shedding could worsen 

14th August 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about new analysis published by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research that shows that load-shedding in 2020 has surpassed that of 2019 and, if urgent action is not taken, South Africa is likely to face... 

Risk of load-shedding could worsen
Risk of load-shedding could worsen

Eskom to resume rolling power cuts due to generation unit breakdowns

By: African News Agency      13th August 2020 South Africa's electricity utility Eskom said on Thursday it would implement rotational powercuts from 8am to 10pm  due to an increase in breakdowns of its generation units, warning that the blackouts could continue into the weekend. "The delay of the return to service of two units at Duvha and... 

 Eskom to resume rolling power cuts due to generation unit breakdowns

Eskom again warns of constrained power system

By: Donna Slater     12th August 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom on August 12 reported that the national grid was, once again, severely constrained as the result of seven units being offline for various reasons. The utility noted that five of its units that were due for a return-to-service had been delayed, while a further two... 

Eskom's Kusile power station
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom's Kusile power station

Deputy President Mabuza blames struggling municipalities for Eskom woes

By: News24Wire      7th August 2020 Deputy President David Mabuza has blamed the failure of municipalities to pay their debt to Eskom for ongoing service delivery issues. In replies to written questions from the National Council of Provinces submitted on 5 August, Mabuza said municipalities experiencing severe electricity... 

Deputy President David Mabuza
Deputy President David Mabuza

Eskom: Former execs 'conspired' to benefit the Gupta brothers

By: News24Wire      6th August 2020 Former Eskom executives conspired with the Gupta brothers and their business associates for six years to syphon funds from the power utility, a summons revealed. The 73-page summons, filed by Eskom with the Special Investigating Unit, with the North Gauteng High Court on Monday seeks to recover... 

 Eskom: Former execs 'conspired' to benefit the Gupta brothers

Eskom, SIU issue summonses to recover State capture funds  

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom and the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on August 3 issued summonses in the North Gauteng High Court to recover funds from former Eskom executives, board members and members of the Gupta family and their associates, as well as others. "The funds were lost in a... 

Renergen spuds first well as expected

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2020 The drill rig at emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project production hub, in the Free State, is preparing to spud the first well in the programme. The upcoming programme of inclined wells target the gas productive fracture systems at the project. 

Electricity tariffs to increase 

30th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about a recent court judgment that declared the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's (Nersa's) decision to deduct a R69-billion equity injection into Eskom from its allowable revenue for the period 2019/20 to... 

Electricity tariffs to increase
Electricity tariffs to increase

Eskom targets Gauteng, KZN for illegal connections and load reduction drive

By: African News Agency      29th July 2020 Power utility Eskom said on Wednesday that it would be embarking on a roadshow to educate the public on issues impacting on the national power grid, such as illegal connections, infrastructure theft, meter tampering and illegal vending.  Education on load reduction would also form part of the... 

 Eskom targets Gauteng, KZN for illegal connections and load reduction drive

Renewables zones in Emalahleni and Klerksdorp part of just-transition vision – Creecy 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has made a direct link between government’s proposed designation of Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) in the coal and gold mining towns of Emalahleni and Klerksdorp respectively, and South Africa’s just transition to a... 

Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy

Concern raised over R1.5bn cut to electrification budget 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2020 Concern continues to be raised over the fact that the biggest cut made to the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy’s 2020/21 budget is for the electrification of poor households, especially in those province with the largest connection backlogs. The cuts, which were signalled in early... 

Concern raised over R1.5bn cut to electrification budget

Eskom suspends operations in other parts of Cape Town following attacks

By: News24Wire      23rd July 2020 Eskom announced it has now suspended operations in other parts of Cape Town following continued attacks on its employees.  Affected areas, where the utility has pulled out of operations, include Bloekombos, Wallacedene, Kraaifontein CBD and Wesbank in Delft, it said in a statement on Wednesday.  

Eskom suspends operations in other parts of Cape Town following attacks

Move Eskom debt to State balance sheet, says ex-Goldman head 

By: Bloomberg     16th July 2020 South Africa can fix the balance sheet of its loss-making power utility by transferring its guaranteed debt to the government’s balance sheet, according to the former chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in sub-Saharan Africa. Seen as the biggest risk to the nation’s economy, Eskom... 

Move Eskom debt to State balance sheet, says ex-Goldman head

Load-shedding returns 

16th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the return of load-shedding, what Eskom is doing to address the situation and how South Africa can move beyond the cycle of power disruptions. 

Load-shedding returns
Load-shedding returns

Technical experts from Germany flown in to assist Eskom, help German businesses in SA

By: News24Wire      16th July 2020 A team of German technical experts is expected to touch down in South Africa on Thursday to provide essential services to local German businesses and local entities, such as embattled Eskom.  This agreement is the result of close cooperation between International Relations and Cooperation... 

Technical experts from Germany flown in to assist Eskom, help German businesses in SA

Energy projects in Africa remain challenging, but signs of hope emerging

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2020 Renewable energy projects in Africa will be significantly affected by the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in construction site disruptions, delays and difficulties in getting equipment and components across borders which have different levels of restriction on the movement of people and... 

DMRE budget slashed by R1.5bn

By: Donna Slater     14th July 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’S) budget for the 2020/21 financial year has been reduced by R1.5-billion, from the initial R9.3-billion, owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, taking the revised yearly budget for the financial year to R7.8-billion. The Portfolio... 

ANC suggests pension funds take some Eskom assets 

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2020 The Economic Transformation Committee of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress suggested that pension funds take over some of the assets of the indebted state power company. The proposal to transfer parts of Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. into non-state hands was made in a discussion document... 

ANC suggests pension funds take some Eskom assets

South Africa's just transition 

9th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about South Africa's efforts to ensure a just transition and how the proposed repurposing of Eskom's power stations fits into that. 

South Africa's just transition
South Africa's just transition

Committee concerned about impact of new budget on electrification backlog target

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2020 While still in the process of reviewing the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s revised budget for the 2020/21 financial year, the Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has noted its revision to R7.8-billion, from R9.3-billion previously. The revised budget follows after... 

More SA corporates pursuing self-generation 

2nd July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the South African companies that are seeking to generate renewable energy to supply power for their operations in order to reduce emissions and ensure available power supply. He also talks about what is... 

More SA corporates pursuing self-generation
More SA corporates pursuing self-generation

South African court sides with Eskom in clawback dispute

By: Reuters     30th June 2020 South Africa’s High Court on Monday sided with Eskom in a dispute over the amounts energy regulator Nersa allowed the state utility to claw back from customers for electricity supplied in the 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years. Nersa’s 2018 decisions to allow Eskom to recoup... 

Eskom widens its funding search to sukuk market

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2020 South Africa’s indebted power utility Eskom Holdings plans to issue a R1-billion sukuk bond as it tries to diversify funding sources to reduce borrowing costs. Eskom has appointed a lead arranger “to work towards establishing time lines for the issue,” spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha said in... 

Revenue under severe strain, but no tariff increases for Ekurhuleni

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2020 The City of Ekurhuleni will not be increasing municipal tariffs that are within the control of the city, despite a considerable strain on revenue collection exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, Finance and Economic Development MMC Nkosindiphile Xhakaza said on June 26 during a webinar discussing... 

Eskom has plan to avoid unexpected power supply disruptions – Mabuza

By: African News Agency      26th June 2020 South Africa's state power utility Eskom has put a clear maintenance plan in place to avoid unexpected electricity supply disruptions, the country's Deputy President has said. In a written response on Thursday to questions in Parliament, David Mabuza said the government had taken a view that the... 

Deputy President David Mabuza
Deputy President David Mabuza

Ramaphosa says infrastructure to be placed at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa believes that infrastructure should be the “flywheel” of South Africa’s economic recovery from the growth- and job-destroying Covid-19 crisis and announced on Tuesday that infrastructure would, thus, be placed at the centre of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The Midvaal municipality, in southern Gauteng, has issued a pioneering tender through which it is seeking to enter into a long-term concession agreement with a private entity to manage, operate and finance its electricity distribution service and to invest in new technologies. The municipality... 

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model
DBSA specialist adviser Elliott Monama on the proposed Midvaal Electricity Distribution Services PPP. Camera Work & Editing: Kutlwano Matala and Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18 June 2020.

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a ‘Sustainable Recovery Plan’ on June 18 that outlines the case for a $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan over the coming three years to help repair the economic and employment damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Produced in... 

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan

What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa 

11th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fall in the costs of new wind and solar energy projects and what this means for electricity and energy systems, as well as what this is likely to mean for South Africa. 

What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa
What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa

Eskom informs lawmakers it will not meet DPE's unbundling timeline

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2020 In a presentation to lawmakers on Wednesday, Eskom indicated that it would not meet the unbundling timetable outlined for the vertically integrated power utility by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) in a policy paper released in October, titled a ‘Roadmap for Eskom in a Reformed... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

PIC proposes converting Eskom bonds into equity - chairperson

By: Reuters     28th May 2020 South African state asset manager the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has submitted a proposal to government on converting bonds it holds in struggling state utility Eskom into equity, PIC chairperson Reuel Khoza told Reuters in an interview. Khoza said the PIC had discussed the proposal with... 

South Africa's Eskom sees lower risk of power cuts during winter 

By: Reuters     28th May 2020 South Africa's state-owned power utility Eskom expects only 3 days of stage one power cuts, where up to 1 000 megawatts is taken off the national grid, during the winter period when demand increases, the chief executive officer said on Wednesday. "We anticipate three days of stage one... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Photo by Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Battery makers and car manufacturers have seen a shift in the pursuit of altering battery chemistry to lower the costs of new energy vehicles (NEVs) that are being manufactured and extend their driving range. Speaking to Engineering News & Mining Weekly, independent research house Afriforesight... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

Sector increasingly adopting digitalisation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Technology provider ABB Southern Africa believes that digitalisation can address the production challenges of the sugar industry. 

JOHN MANUELL
The full potential of sugar production processes lies in leveraging available data to drive the seamless interoperability among people, assets and production processes
JOHN MANUELL The full potential of sugar production processes lies in leveraging available data to drive the seamless interoperability among people, assets and production processes
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